No Nipple Erection After a BA and Mastopexy? (photo)

Hello, I just had surgery one week ago and I had my areolos made smaller in the process. Everything for the most part seems to be fine however, I dont seem to be getting an erection in my left nipple and a burning sensation around both nipples. Sensation seems to be there, but the skin seems so tight that it wont erect on that one side. As I am healing, will I gain erection ability back in my nipple? Thanks for your assistance.

Doctor Answers 8

Usually only temporary

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Nipple sensitivity can be affected by surgery, but any changes are usually temporary. Some patients notice a decrease in sensation while others notice an increase.  

Too early to assess results

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You are still affected by swelling and should wait a few months before assessing your results.

Sensation changes are generally considered temporary and will go away in about a year. If the sensation doesn't return in two years, then it probably won't return to how it was before surgery.  

Breast surgery and nipples

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At one week after surgery, everything is healing and a bit swollen. Give it several months to heal before worrying about erectile function of your nipples.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Nipple sensitivity and function after mastopexy

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You will most likely regain normal nipple erectile function over the next several months. Having slightly heightened sensation for a month or two is also very normal. No need to worry. 

Wm. Todd Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Breast Augmentation and Lift at One Week - Nipple Erection?

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  First, the result is phenomenal at one week.  Second, if you have sensation at one week that is much better than the average breast lift patient.  The erection should return as the swelling resolves.  Thank your plastic surgeon.

Flattened nipple after augment/mastopexy

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It is very early since surgery, and with time, this issue will likely resolve. With sensation intact, erectile function of the nipple will probably return.

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

No Nipple Erection After a BA and Mastopexy?

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Again this is much to early for the issue not to be addressed by your surgeon. Sometimes decreased N/A sensation can lasts for many months but you state you have some feeling, Thus the erection SHOULD rerun soon. But agai ask your surgeon. 

No Nipple Erection After a BA and Mastopexy?

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If sensation is normal, expect resolution of this issue as the swelling resolves--probably over the course of a couple of weeks. Best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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